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Philip Swenk Markley (July 2, 1789 – September 12, 1834) was an American politician from Pennsylvania who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district from 1823 to 1827 and as Attorney General of Pennsylvania from 1829 to 1830.

Early life and education[]

Markley was born in Skippack, Pennsylvania. He moved to Norristown, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1810 and commenced the practice of law.


He was deputy State’s attorney for Pennsylvania 1819 and 1820 and a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate for the 7th district from 1820 to 1823.[1] He was elected as a Jackson Republican to the Eighteenth Congress and reelected as an Adams Party candidate to the Nineteenth Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1826 to the Twentieth Congress. He was appointed naval officer of Philadelphia by President Andrew Jackson and served from 1826 to 1829.[2] He served as attorney general of Pennsylvania in 1829. He died in Norristown in 1834. Interment in Saint John Episcopal Church Cemetery in Norristown, Pennsylvania.[3]



Unrecognised parameter
Preceded by
George Weaver
Member of the Pennsylvania Senate, 7th district
Succeeded by
Matthew Henderson
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Findlay
James McSherry
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Pennsylvania's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Benton Sterigere
Legal offices
Preceded by
Amos Ellmaker
Attorney General of Pennsylvania
Succeeded by
Samuel Douglas

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